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When you plan a trip to Maui two weeks before your son’s first birthday, you hope for the best, but try to be prepared for the worst. Our son, Adrian, couldn’t quite walk yet — but he couldn’t sit still for long, either.
This meant consecutive hours of walking him up and down our plane’s aisles because he barley slept. Luckily, his grandparents were also on the flight — a serious lifesaver.
When we finally landed, everyone was exhausted. We thought that Adrian would sleep in after all the travel. However, he woke up as usual at 8 a.m. PST, which meant we were up at 5 a.m. We hadn’t considered the time difference.
We decided to visit Baby Beach in Lahaina, where calm waters attract families with small children. Adrian was thrilled to touch (and taste) the sand. For a real breakfast, we loved Kihei Caffe, a locally run coffee shop with great breakfast burritos. Nearby Beach Street Maui Shave Ice was another favorite; you can even order a morning shave ice with your coffee.
Traveling with a little one isn’t easy, but if you are able to lean into the gifts of Maui, you’ll have an experience you and your ohana will not soon forget.